January 24th 2014
Joss is 3 years 6 months
Jasper is 8 1/2 months
Sometime shortly after 12am Philip comes up to find me asleep with my earphones in attached to my iPad. He unplugs the earphone bit and moves the iPad over to the bedside table.
2.30ish Jasper is fussing I wake with earphones in my ears and pull them out. Jasper has been unsettled all night and figure he will need feeding to resettle so move him in the bed with Philip and realize no one brought a bottle up so head downstairs to grab a bottle. By the time I get back up they are both asleep taking up the majority of the bed so I throw my pillows to the bottom of the bed and decide to top and tail it.
Sometime after 3am Jasper is awake and this time he wants food. I sit up and manage to nudge Philip over enough to sit and feed Jasper. We both fall asleep in the process and I only wake when the empty bottle falls on my leg. I nudge Philip over some more and lay Jasper in the bed with us.
3.58 Jasper is awake again not sure how I get him back to sleep as I am so tired but apparently I do.
6.50 Philip gets up and heads for the shower
7.04 Jasper is up and in crawl all over mama mode so I put him in his cot with a bunch of toys and txt yes you read that right txt Philip to come and grab Jasper when he finishes with his shower as he is on a late and has said he will let me sleep in this morning. At some point he collects Jasper.
7.30ish I hear Joss calling to Philip from the top of the stairs but he grabs her quick before she comes in to me.
Just before 8 Joss gets impatient with Philip who is feeding Jasper and comes upstairs to get dressed on her own.
8am decide I am really awake and should get up but want to avoid the circus downstairs for as long as possible so sit in bed for 10 min sulking about a project at work that fell through yesterday after 3 long hard weeks of planning by me.
8.10 Stumble down stairs do the rounds of good mornings Philip is working on cleaning the kitchen, Jasper is working on killing himself (this is not a dig at Philip, Jasper actively tries to put his life in danger most of ever single day. I don't really believe in playpens but this one is so mobile at 8 months hello crawling and climbing up on furniture and pushing stuff over to help him climb on stuff that is too high. I don't make babies who sit and play with toys apparently) and Joss is watching some programs as she is completely ready for school. I mention to Philip they screwed up my January pay as there was a problem with one of my time cards that was fixed but not until the cut off date so I may need to transfer money from his account this month. I grab a bowl of shredded wheat then take Jasper upstairs to help me get dressed and sort some laundry. I start a load of laundry and try to get Jasper to finish his bottle. Philip talks to me about a job he is interested in and we discuss what it would mean for our long term goal of moving back to the US.
8.45 Philip get Joss finished and ready for Preschool I hear a melt down about shoes and jumpers he wins on shoes I tell him to wave the white flag on the jumper as she has long sleeves on and it is not that cold. She gets her own coat on.
9.00 Philip is out the door with Joss and will be back for a ride to the train station. I make some phone calls in regard to the project that fell through at work and call to check the amount of a final payment we are making this month.
9.20 Philip is back and I drive him to the train station I jibe him about enjoying his last day in his thirties as tomorrow is his birthday and this gets us reminiscing about the fact we met 13 years ago.
9.30 drop Philip off at train station and head to the grocery store to buy the last bits I need for his birthday cake.
10.15 Home again I leave the groceries in the car as Jasper is desperate for a nap so do the whole nap routine and he settles on his own in his cot. I bring the groceries in and leave them on the counter while I weigh out and start the frosting for Philips cake on the stove as it will need to chill before I can finish it. Once that is going on the stove I put the groceries away. Decide I want to make egg salad sandwiches of lunch and have to go look up the timings for hard boiled eggs as it has been so long since I have made them and get those going. Frosting has all melted and I set that to the side to cool and eggs are finished. While that has been going on I have been checking some bits for work as I need to make some calls but can't remember who I need to call.
11.00 make some calls for work and catch up on some work e-mails. Weigh out the ingredients for the cake as the butter needs to soften. Make up the egg salad sandwiches but with Greek Yogurt instead of mayo and add some fresh dill. Super Yummy! Have a look at Facebook while I am eating lunch then I change over the laundry.
12.15 start making the cake wondering if I will make it through with out Jasper waking as it has been almost two hours which is super long for him.
12.40 cake is in the oven just as I close the door to the oven I hear Jasper stiring on the monitor
1.15 Jasper is fed and changed and cakes are out of the oven. I answer and urgent email then shut down work stuff probably till kids are in bed. I chill out with Jasper for a few minutes until the cakes are cool enough to take out of the tins.
1.40 Cakes are out of their tins, swapped another load of laundry and put away a load of dry laundry. Decide while Jasper is happy playing with some of his toys I will catch up on Instagram and blogs but as soon ans I sit down I realize that I haven't given Jasper any lunch as he was sleeping while I ate. I put him in his high chair with some veggie sticks and some fruit wedges and let him enjoy while I chat online with another woman who has the same role as me but in a different area. Good to know that she is facing the same issues as I am.
2.15 decide the weather is so nice that I will walk the school run so quickly get us organized and suited up.
2.30 leave house to pick up Joss
2.40 arrive at preschool and chat with mums while collecting all of Joss's bits
2.45 Joss is out of Preschool and is none to happy that I walked instead of drove as it has been a while since we have walked home from preschool (it has been raining since before Christmas, it rains in England instead of snow). The first 5 minutes of the walk home is solid whinging and then she is excited because she realizes she can carry Buzz Lightyear on her shoulders like daddy carries her. The walk home is an endless stream of chatter about everything from tomorrow being a Daddy's Happy Birthday day to how many more sleeps till gymnastics.
3.10 Home again I set Joss up with a snack and settle Jasper for a nap. I fold some laundry upstairs while I wait to make sure Jasper will settle on his own.
3.30 Decide to let Joss watch TV for a bit while I decide what to do for dinner, Jasper isn't settling so I go up to resettle him and realize he has had a blow out. I change him and lay him back down in hopes he will nap. I empty and reload the dishwasher. I get Joss set up to colour Philip's birthday card which she does for all of about 15 seconds. It is not going to be a good day for independent play today. Joss plays her game of "Big Jump" where she jumps off the step stool then demands a high five.
4.00 I give up on Jasper settling for nap and go up and feed him then sing songs with Joss and Jasper which is one of Joss's favorite things to do.
4.30 We make the daily daddy call followed by more singing and me refereeing them while I try to make dinner.
5.00 Dinner followed by cleaning up all the toys. Joss has announced she wants some yogurt with a crushed up biscuit(cookie) for desert and I bribe her by saying all the toys have to be picked up first.
5.30 Joss is in the bath while I get Jasper changed for bed and this is the face I get every night when we change into PJs, since he is already so angry I decide to wipe off all the dried snot on his nose making him even angrier if that is possible. I then help Joss get ready for bed and set her up with her episode of Max and Ruby so I can finish feeding Jasper and get him settled
6.00 Jasper is settled and while Joss finishes her program I run down stairs and finish off the frosting and start to frost and decorate the cake.
6.20 Joss keeps pushing buttons on the computer and so I turn it off and get her settled and lay down with her for a few minuted before saying good night.
I head down stairs and finish frosting and decorating the cake then upload the last photos to our 2013 photo book and add all the journaling that still needs to be done.
8.20 book is done I just want Philip to have a look before I order it so save it and head up for a bath
8.45-9.15 read some old blog post especially the DITL post and have a laugh at things I thought might never end and less than 6 months later we have moved on to bigger and better problems
9.15-9.45 work on blog post until my eyes start to go funny and decide it is time to head to bed
10.00 In bed catching up on social media
10.20 decide to head to bed but as I am drifting off remember that I left Joss's card to Philip out so run downstairs to grab it.
10.30 head to bed
11.45 Jasper decides he needs to be resettled